10.5 Towards Circular Economy in Organisations and Consumption

  • Elina Närvänen Tampere University
  • Malla Mattila Tampere University
  • Nina Mesiranta Tampere University
Keywords: Circular Economy, Consumption Practices, Organizational Practices, Waste


The circular economy (CE) is an emerging solution for businesses to balance economic growth with the need to sustain biological and social systems for future generations. Research on CE is interdisciplinary and invites researchers from business fields to create new knowledge on the transition toward more sustainable forms of production and consumption. Extant CE research is heavily focused on technologies, processes and optimisation of resource loops.There is less research on organisational and consumption practices related to this transition. This track includes papers focusing on the implementation of CE in the everyday life of organisations and consumers.


Bocken, N. M., De Pauw, I., Bakker, C., & van der Grinten, B. (2016). Product design and business model strategies for a circular economy. Journal of Industrial and Production Engineering, 33(5), 308–320.

Geissdoerfer, M., Savaget, P., Bocken, N. M., & Hultink, E. J. (2017). The Circular Economy–A new sustainability paradigm? Journal of Cleaner Production, 143, 757–768.

Lehtokunnas, T., Mattila, M., Närvänen, E., & Mesiranta, N. (2020). Towards a circular economy in food consumption: Food waste reduction practices as ethical work. Journal of Consumer Culture, online first. https://doi.org/10.1177/1469540520926252.

Mattila, M., Mesiranta, N., & Heikkinen, A. (2020). Platform-based sustainable business models: reducing food waste in food services. International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management, 24(4-5), 249-265.

Närvänen, E., Mattila, M. & Mesiranta, N. (2020). Institutional work in food waste reduction: Start-ups' role in moving towards a circular economy. Industrial Marketing Management, in press. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.indmarman.2020.08.009

Närvänen, E., Mesiranta, N., Mattila, M. & Heikkinen, A. (Eds.) (2020). Food waste management: Solving the wicked problem. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan.
Sustainability, Responsibility and Ethics